Fresh Meat, Frankie Boyle, Keith Lemon and Rylan in the front running for this year's Laftas

The 'good, the tanned and the ugly' up for this year's comic alternative to the Baftas

If you tire of melodrama and gushing acceptance speeches, forget about the Baftas and look no further than the Laftas.

The Laftas comedy awards promise to showcase the “good, the tanned and the ugly” at its tenth anniversary ceremony this year.

Fake-tan lover Rylan Clarke is nominated in two categories for Funniest TV Personality and Funniest Double-Act along with X-Factor co-star Gary Barlow. But the two will have to stave of strong competition from comedy A-lister duo James Corden and Jack Whitehall.

Channel Four comedy Fresh Meat has received three nominations for Funniest TV Show, as well as two Female Comedienne nods for actresses Kimberley Nixon (Josie) and Zawe Ashton (Vod).

Outspoken comedian Frankie Boyle is up for Funniest Male Comedian and Funniest Tweeter, while Keith Lemon is nominated twice as well for Keith Lemon: The Film and Celebrity Juice.

The Loaded Laftas take place on Thursday 7 March.

And the nominees are…

FUNNIEST MALE COMEDIAN

Frankie Boyle, Harry Hill, Jason Manford, Micky Flanagan, Sean Lock

FUNNIEST STAND-UP

Kevin Bridges, Jon Richardson, Michael McIntyre, Paul Chowdhry, Ross Noble

FUNNIEST FEMALE COMEDIENNE

Jessica Hynes, Kimberley Nixon, Morgana Robinson, Sarah Millican, Zawe Ashton

FUNNIEST DOUBLE-ACT

Anna Crilly & Katy Wix, James Corden & Jack Whitehall, Karl Pilkington & Warwick Davis, Olly Murs & Caroline Flack, Rylan & Gary Barlow

FUNNIEST PANEL SHOW

8 out of 10 Cats, A League of Their Own, Celebrity Juice, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You?

FUNNIEST TV SHOW

Alan Carr’s Chatty Man, Cardinal Burns, Fresh Meat, Peep Show, Soccer AM, Bad Education

FUNNIEST FILM

Keith Lemon: The Film, Ted, The Dictator, Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Sightseers

FUNNINEST COLUMNIST AWARD

Clemmie Moodie, Dean Piper, Gordon Smart, Katie Hind, James Ingham

FUNNIEST TV PERSONALITY

Adam Hills, Angelos Epithemiou, Paddy McGuiness, Rylan, Tim Lovejoy

FUNNIEST TWEETER

Chris Ramsey, Danny Dyer, Frankie Boyle, Joey Barton, Ted

FUNNIEST DVD

The Only Way is Epic, John Bishop: Rollercoaster, Lee Nelson LIVE, Mrs Brown’s Boys Live Tour: Good Mourning Mrs Brown, Russell Howard’s Good News

FUNNIEST PODCAST

An Idiot Abroad Official Podcast, The Chris Moyles Podcast, The Danny Baker Show Podcast, Richard Herring Podcast, Dave’s Comedy Podcast

FUNNIEST RADIO SHOW

Alan Brazil - Talksport, Dave Berry - Capital FM, Greg James - BBC Radio 1, Matt Edmondson - BBC Radio 1, Shaun Keaveny - BBC 6 Music

BEST NEWCOMER

Daniel Simonsen, James Acaster, Katherine Ryan, Luisa Omielan, Nick Helm

BEST JOKE

Nominations to be decided by Loaded readers

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